Written by Cara J. Hayden
Some years ago, a teacher or two taught you how to read the words on this page and expand your vocabulary. Helping students make sense of written English is one of a teacher’s greatest challenges. For more than 40 years, Pitt Professor Emeritus of Education Rita M. Bean has been helping teachers improve their methods of reading instruction.
She has written dozens of reading textbooks and has served as president of the Pennsylvania Reading Teacher Educators, among many other accomplishments. Recently, she received the Special Service Award from the International Reading Association in recognition of her distinguished career and her service to the association.